“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Eccl. 12:13 KJV)

The above quotation specifies two areas of our purpose on earth.
1. To fear God and
2. To obey His commandments

To fear God
When we say, we fear God, fundamentally, we are reverencing Him and acknowledging Him as our creator; we must do His will and allow Him to direct our affairs. We must stay under His shadow and within His boundary. Staying within His boundary is not an encampment whereby we are not free to do what we want; however, it has to be in agreement with His will.
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were not restricted from moving around to do what they wanted. However, there was an instruction not to eat of some of the fruits in the garden. That instruction they disobeyed and it separated them from the presence of God. If the fear of God is in them, strictly obeyed His instructions and doing according to His will, it is reverence unto His Holy name.

To obey His commandments
The second part of man purpose on earth is, keeping God’s commandments. What are God’s commandments? Our Lord Jesus Christ sums up this in the New Testament –
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
“This is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matt. 22:37-40 KJV)
The above quotation deals with our responsibilities. It touches two areas of importance.
• Our love for God and
• Our love for other human being

Our love for God
Our love for God in part is the fear of God and in the other, doing according to his commandments. The latter has to do with the first four laws of the Ten Commandments (Ex.20:2-11), which deal with our total submission and total reliance on God’s sovereignty. Let everyone not do beyond the measure, but within the limit of the sphere, which God appointed us. When you love God,
• You are free before Him to ask whatever you want according to His will and He is faithful to grant your request.
• You walk in all His ways and not partially
• You trust in Him
• You believe in His words
However, do not allow sin and worldliness to hinder or separate you from His presence.

Our love for other human being
Man was created in the image of God; the kind of love He expects from us toward Him, the same He expects from us toward our neighbor. If you say you love God and do not love your neighbor, you have failed to love God, because you have failed to love him that was created in His image. The last six laws of the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:12-17) deal with our love for others. The last six commandments seem to take the larger part of the sums, because His spirit is in man, our neighbor, who is the image of God. If the spirit of God is not in man, man is nothing. Likewise, man without his neighbor is nothing. No one can be a ‘Lone Ranger’ and have a fulfilled life. As God was the companion of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, likewise, our neighbor, which is the image of God, is our companion on earth.
The basis for our Christian living is therefore, to love God and to love others. If you lack in one of these two responsibilities you have failed as a person on earth.
God loves us first; therefore, we must reciprocate that love to Him in the spirit and the physical to others who are His image. When we show that love to others, it is an appreciation and the demonstration of His love to us. He loves us first before we love Him; He demonstrated this through our Lord Jesus Christ, our grace. The scripture confirms –
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (Jn.3:16)
• He is the one that loves first
• He is the one that have mercy upon us
• He allows mercy to prevail over judgment of death that is upon us as sinners.
If we extend this love to our fellow being, then our ministry of edification is established. Our peaceful co-existence will then command blessings of God upon us.

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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